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Ottawa Fury FC have added speed to their offence, with the signing of 19-year-old Ugandan forward Azake Luboyera (A-za-kay Loo-Bo-Ye-ra), the club announced Thursday. The 5-foot-7 speedster has been training with the club for a few months already and is expected to be available for selection against Toronto FC II next week.
“Azake is someone who has a huge amount of potential and we believe in him,” said Fury FC GM and Head Coach, Paul Dalglish. “We’re really excited to bring him into our squad.”
“Even though he’s young, I think he can compete for minutes straight away. If he can translate the goal scoring ability and creativity that he’s shown in training into the game, then we’ll have a real prospect in our hands,” added Dalglish.
Luboyera was born and raised in Uganda. He started playing soccer for the Hans Production Academy in Uganda at 14 years of age, before being recruited by the Qatar Aspire Football Dreams Academy where he played from 2012 to 2014. In three seasons in Qatar, Luboyera scored over 80 goals in over a 100 games.
In 2015, Luboyera moved to Canada and joined Fury FC’s Senior Academy. After training with the club during his first season, the Luweero, Uganda native played 10 games in 2016, scoring three goals and adding seven assists. He was also named to the RDS 3 Stars of the week for the PLSQ in July 2016.
Luboyera also boasts international experience as the 19-year-old played two games for Uganda U-20 team in the Africa Cup of Nations Qualifications in 2016, during which he netted two goals.
Fury FC is currently in the midst of a bye week and getting ready to host TFC II on July 29th at TD Place at 7 p.m. in the second match of a 4-game home stand.
Tickets for all Fury FC home matches are available at OttawaFuryFC.com, by calling 613.232.6767 X1 or in person at The Box Office at TD Place.
Name: Azake Luboyera
Age (DOB): 19 (4/6/98)
Hometown: Kampala, Uganda
2016 Club: Fury FC Senior Academy
Pronunciation: A-za-kay Loo-Bo-Ye-ra